Derek Austin Signs Co-Pub Deal With JRM Publishing And Round Hill Music

Derek Austin has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with JRM Publishing and Round Hill Music Nashville.

Austin grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota and learned to play guitar and started writing his own songs during college in Washington. After college, he spent time in Alaska as an Air Traffic Controller before ultimately making the move to Nashville to pursue his real passion, music. He is currently writing songs for his first album.

Derek has already hit the ground running writing some amazing songs and I can’t wait for the world to hear them. He has an authentic and powerful voice and a story to tell. We are incredibly lucky to be working with him,” says Jimmy Robbins.

“Our partnership with Jimmy Robbins and JRM Publishing continues to flourish with the addition of Derek. We look forward to achieving even more success,” said Mark Brown, SVP & GM of Round Hill.

JRM Publishing is a boutique publishing company based out of Nashville with a diverse roster of writers including Jimmy Robbins, Eric Arjes, Derek Austin, and kyd the band. 

Round Hill Music Nashville has celebrated over 25 No. 1 songs since opening its doors in 2014. Its roster of writers includes Eric Arjes, Derek Austin, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley,  Wade Kirby, kyd the band, Danny Myrick, Katie Pruitt, and Jimmy Robbins. Through its partnership with Big Loud Shirt, Round Hill also represents Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Joey Moi, Jamie Moore, and Chris Tompkins. Other notable catalogs include those of Bob DiPiero, Florida Georgia Line, Josh Kear, and Marti Frederiksen.

Back row (L-R): Josh Saxe, Round Hill A&R, Mark Brown, Round Hill A&R, Jimmy Robbins, Sarah Robbins, JRM Publishing.  Front row (L-R): Matthew Beckett, Legal counsel, Chip Petree, Legal counsel, Derek Austin


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